ALA <i>not</i> in Orlando in 2010, <i>and not</i> Visiting Harry at His Theme Park

Courtesy of Stephanie Stokes and PUB-LIB , here's the upcoming ALA schedule, with the choice of the 2010 venue (oops, we stand corrected, see last paragraph below) explained by the hot hot Harry news of a Harry Potter theme park at Universal Orlando Resort.

The park will recreate life-size versions of Hogsmeade Village and
Hogwarts Castle at an estimated price tag of a half-billion dollars.
Scheduled to be completed in 2009, the attraction will be the park's most
expensive venture, according to Tom Williams, chairman and CEO of Universal

ALA Schedule: June 21 to 27, 2007 - Washington, D.C.
June 26 to July 2, 2008 - Anaheim, CA;
July 9 to 15, 2009 - Chicago;
June 24 to 30, 2010 - Orlando;
June 23-29, 2011 - New Orleans, LA;
June 21-27, 2012 - Anaheim, CA;
June 20-26, 2013 - Washington, D.C.;
June 26-July 2, 2014 - Las Vegas, NV;

Why no show in the capital of the civilized world, New York City???

(update)Thanks to reader John Overholt, we discovered that ALA has amended its location list eliminating Orlando. Here's the corrected list of ALA meeting locations.


But they said they'd be having it in Chicago in 2009!

That said, leaving out NYC is a bummer. I'd far rather go there than -- don't hit me -- Orlando.

2009 is Chicago, 2010 Orlando. And the Big Apple would love to have ALA.

This list of locations has been superseded. Orlando has been suspended as a venue because it was so unpleasant in 2004. See the current list of sites here.

Interesting, thanks for the update. So no Orlando at all?

A better question: Why is San Antonio, the perfect spot for Midwinter, no longer on the list? I mean, even though shivering in Philly may be a good way to lose weight...can't we enjoy the Riverwalk once every few years?

The list stops at 2014. Any reason why they can't continue to, say, 2030? How long will I have to wait till I know what I'm doing for ALA in 2030?Oh, the suspense!

There was a near riot among the membership after 2004, and the ALA events planners took the unusual step of canceling a scheduled location. They've apparently communicated to Orlando that ALA will not return until the infrastructure (particularly transportation) has improved significantly. This old LJ article indicates that ALA has agreed to go back in 2016. Never would be too soon for me.